here. After doing a little googling, I'm fairly sure that the company the Estate is using for the restoration of Michael's personal VHS tape of the BAD tour at Wembley (7/16/88) is Reliance Media Works, formerly Lowry Digital.
When reading Branca's statement, I used his words to gather the information which lead me to Lowry Digital/Reliance Media Works. John Lowry, who died in January of this year, was the founder and COO of Lowry Digital. Lowry developed and patented (proprietary ownership) software that "removes the veil" from old film. "It's like cleaning your glasses so you can see more. We want to remove the veil so that you can see everything that's in the original", stated Lowry.
In an interview after Lowry's death, his friend and business partner of 15 years, Mike Inchalik explained the process that John Lowry pioneered, stating:
"Movies and television shows that sit in archives around the world, as they age are generally copied onto new pieces of media, meaning a piece of film is copied onto a new, less brittle piece of film every 10 or 20 years to keep it usable. But every such copy, as we'd all be familiar with, if we were to Xerox a document and then Xerox the copy and do that over and over, every time you do so, the copy gets fuzzier and fuzzier, the contrast gets worse. There's dirt and scratches from the glass, etcera.
And, in very simple terms, John and his team of engineers built software that would automatically look at a sequence of pictures and decide what belonged and what didn't so that it could discard defects and also improve the inherent quality in what had survived all these copies." Inchalik goes on to explain that Lowry also developed patents for noise reduction as well.
This New York Times article explains the process of film restoration in detail, and also states that Lowry "patented a method of cleaning up NASA's live televised transmissions from the moon." (Another reason I assume this is the company the Estate is using, because Branca mentioned the restoration of NASA film.)
The list of clients that Lowry Digital/Reliance Media works is impressive to say the very least. Lowry himself worked on projects for the Walt Disney Company, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, NASA, Universal Studios. The list of Lowry restored films is here, including Casablanca, Singin' In The Rain, Star Wars, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Indiana Jones, and more. In addition, Lowry Digital worked with James Cameron for Titanic 3D, which had to be restored before making the film three dimensional.
Personally, after reading the articles regarding Lowry Digital, I am reassured that Michael's personal copy of the BAD tour on VHS will be restored to an amazing audio/visual DVD that will have the most up-to-date technology applied. If it's good enough for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, one can only assume that it will be good enough for Michael Jackson's fans.
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